Intrapulmonary foreign body removal under virtual bronchoscopic navigation

Tomoyoshi Takenaka, Masakazu Katsura, Yasunori Shikada, Kiyomi Furuya, Sadanori Takeo

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We report a case of successful removal of a pulmonary foreign body (gauze) using 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT) with virtual bronchoscopy. A 70-year-old woman underwent thoracic surgery for tuberculosis approximately 35 years ago. In 2011, she presented with chronic cough and intermittent fever. A chest CT revealed a soft tissue mass measuring approximately 4.5 cm in diameter in the right residual lower lobe of the lung. On the basis of the chest CT, a foreign body was suspected. The foreign body could not be identified under conventional bronchoscopy because of the presence of multiple bronchial stenoses due to chronic inflammation. Therefore 3-dimensional CT with virtual bronchoscopy was performed to detect the exact location of the foreign body. The foreign body was successfully removed during the navigation, and her symptoms disappeared rapidly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-161
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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